Maran is disconnected

By T S Sudhir

So one more branch of Muthuvel Karunanidhi’s family tree looks set to become part of the woodwork at Tihar Jail. If political grapevine in Delhi is to be believed, Dayanidhi Maran may soon join his predecessor Andimuthu Raja. His relative Kanimozhi is only a stone’s throw away in the women’s prison. And with Jayalalithaa likely to target the Kalaignar khaandaan‘s activities with the precision of a woodpecker in Tamilnadu, there is likely to be no karuna for Karuna.

What this means is that the next time Karuna meets Sonia, (that is if they do meet), they will have to first find an Italian English to Karunanidhi Tamizh and vice-versa translator since Kani is already in jail and Daya qatar me hain.

Jokes apart, even when he knew he was about to lose his place in Manmohan Singh’s team, Dayanidhi attended what was to be his last cabinet meeting. Where like a good boy, he excused himself when the issue of FM licences came up for discussion before the cabinet, citing conflict of interest, since Sun TV, which is into FM radio, is owned by his family. Wish such wisdom had dawned before the maran of his political career happened.

The Maran brothers were always seen as shrewd business operators in the corridors of power in Delhi. Elder Maran in particular was seen as someone who had the kala to earn a lot of nidhi. Dayanidhi as a suave, English-speaking young politician soon became the  toast of India Inc, which was just beginning to be seduced by the telecom item number.

Maran used his portfolio to good effect to build bridges for himself with the powerful Delhi circuit. It helped Daya that Karunanidhi & Sons were the rustic Madarasi Veshti types. Tongue-twister names like Azhagiri did not help matters since the only south Indian words which Dilliwallahs found easy to pronouce were idly, dosa and sambar. And Dayanidhi too !

Another quality the Maran brothers have is combativeness. They do not go down without a fight. The CBI charge against Daya is that he, as Telecom minister, made it difficult for Aircel to get the license until Sivasankaran sold off to Maxis. After which, Maran laid out the red carpet for Aircel’s new owners who also had a cosy business relationship with Sun network.

Where does Dayanidhi go from here? In the short term, he could well have Raja, Suresh Kalmadi, Sharat, Lalit Bhanot, Balwa for company. If that happens, I expect a garrulous Kalmadi to sportingly go out of his way to make the new entrant comfortable. The Tamilian presence has already meant south Indian snacks have been added to the Tihar menu though Maran’s tastes may well be continental.

Outside Tihar, the Maran saga has marred the reputation of the UPA further. The DMK-Congress match, that of course exists only on paper now, is likely to reach breakpoint now that it is Advantage Jaya. And the Sun TV group is discovering that the milky galaxy that it revelled in when the DMK was in power, is quickly turning into a Black hole.



About t s sudhir & uma sudhir

Uma Sudhir and T S Sudhir are senior journalists, based in Hyderabad. Both work for NDTV. Uma is a Tamilian, who was educated in
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One Response to Maran is disconnected

  1. ijswamy says:

    Hello Maran , Being an Income Tax assessee , you are entitled to special class jail . Claim it .

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